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What is the point of telemark skiing?

Learning to ski on telemark equipment improves your overall skiing ability. It forces new skiers who are inclined to lean back onto the center of their skis and sharpens their balance and agility. The boots also tend to be more comfortable and easier for new skiers to walk in.

What is the telemark position?

The position in the Telemark turn gives fore-and-aft stability without the fixed-down heel and rigid boots of alpine skiing. Imagine what you would do if you stood with your feet side by side and were pushed forward. You would quickly put one foot in front to stop yourself falling forward (Telemark position).

Why is telemark skiing called telemark?

Telemark skiing is named after the Telemark region of Norway, where the discipline originated. Sondre Norheim is often credited for first demonstrating the turn in ski races, which included cross country, slalom and jumping, in Norway around 1868.

Is telemark skiing in the Olympics?

The International Ski Federation (FIS) has officially proposed the inclusion of telemark skiing at the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022, to the International Olympic Committee. Telemark is the world’s oldest wintersports discipline – first conceived in Norway 150 years ago.

Is telemark skiing harder than alpine skiing?

It was still a workout, but when you enjoy it and do it right, tele is easier on your knees and no harder on your quads than aggressive alpine skiing. As counterintuitive as it sounds, the forces generated by the turn help lift you out of it.

Can you use alpine skis for telemark?

And although you need a specific equipment to do it, at it’s root, it’s the technique that is called telemark skiing, not the equipment. This allows the skier to turn and to keep his speed under control. And if you can do it on a snowboard, or on Alpine skis, you can do it on telemark as well.

How does a telemark turn work?

Telemarking is a combination of alpine and Nordic skiing. Generally, telemark skiers use alpine skis with specially designed Nordic bindings that fix only the toe of the ski boot to the ski, creating the “free heel”. Telemark turns use a bent knee in a lunging motion to engage the ski in a powerful arc.

How hard is it to learn to telemark ski?

Telemark skiing is not hard. Or at least, not any harder than skiing to learn. The challenge is more toward technique. Telemark skiing is actually easier on the body in your first few days.

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